Friday, February 2, 2024

Verizon's nationwide home 5G Internet isn't nationwide

I saw an announcement from Cord Cutters News yesterday that Verizon had launched a new nationwide 5G home Internet service.

I knew Verizon had service available in many places, and was waiting on it to become available everywhere. When I saw that article, I thought to myself, "Self, you should check this out."

This morning, I did. And I learned something. Nationwide service isn't available nationwide.

I know that, because I live in the nation. My state was one of the 13 original states when this nation became a nation. Nationwide should cover this part of the nation. It's not like Georgia just became part of the nation. No state has been part of the nation longer. Well, unless you are Verizon. Or Total by Verizon.

The prepaid carrier, which is available in hundreds of stores throughout the country or online, will be offering the service, which costs $50 a month, or $45 if you sign up for its auto-pay discount. The company touts unlimited data and download speeds of up to 200 Mbps.

The move follows in the footsteps of T-Mobile, which expanded its 5G home internet service to its prepaid arm, Metro. By expanding its distribution to Total, the company is expanding its potential base of customers beyond people who look at Verizon as a service provider. Prepaid services like Total typically cater to customers with lower credit scores and are looking for better deals on their wireless service.

If only they included me.

I do like my Comcast (Xfinity) Internet service. But I want options. The pricing of this plan is in line, and would seem to be a viable option. If they offered it "nationwide" like they say.

My Streaming Life will continue to ride Comcast for a while yet.

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